Te Kauwhata Primary School - We C.A.R.E. ~ Communicate Aspire Respect Engage

Kia ora koutou, greetings...

It is both my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to Te Kauwhata Primary School.

We are a contributing school in the village of Te Kauwhata and pride ourselves on our place within the community and the sense of 'whanau' and 'belonging' that we strongly believe in and demonstrate.

At the end of 2015 we were very proud to have constructed our Waharoa. The Waharoa was designed and carved by local Whanau and community and represents and embraces all that our school stands for.

TKP is a progressive school, embracing e-Learning with a range of modern devices as integral tools for supporting and enhancing quality teaching and learning in this 21st Century.

TKP is a PB4L-SW school (Positive Behaviour for Learning - School Wide), which builds on our vision and values of WeCARE.  PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective.  We have been accredited as being a Tier 1 PB4L-SW school and we are now working in Tier 2 of the PB4L-SW programme.  

In 2023 we now have 3 bilingual classrooms.  Room 9 which is our Year 1 and 2 class has been named Maahoe.  Room 7 which is our Year 3 and 4 class has been named Patetee.  Room 8 which is our Year 5 and 6 class has been named Hiinau.

As a staff we are a 'team' of learners who, like our students, learn from each other and welcome all opportunities to continue to grow our roles and competencies in these 'exponential' times.

Te Kauwhata Primary School is a great place to be!

Thank you, we welcome visits to our school.

We C.A.R.E.

Kind regards,

Brian Martin


Our team for 2023: (check left for more information under Our Team)

Senior Leadership Team

Principal        Brian Martin

Deputy Principal    Carolyn Roberts

Deputy Principal    Michael Thompson 

Team Leaders - 

Year 1 - 3 - Kate Moore

Year 4 - 6 - Georgia Read

NMoNM - Sarah Jayne McLachlan (Associate Principal)

Teaching Team

Room 1         Kate Moore & Candice Bateup

Room 2         Anne Mitchell 

Room 3         Alice Kapoor

Room 4         Stephanie Wolfe

Room 6          Harjeet Kaur

Patatee  (Room 7)   Taumata Tumai

Hiinau  (Room 9)      Tania Nepe

Mahoe   (Room 8)    Sarah Jayne McLachlan

Room 10         Jessica Howes    

Room 14         Hannah Swansbury

Room 15         Lilli Moth

Room 16         Georgia Read

Room 17          Lesieli Seaton

Learning Support Coordinator -     Keri Kittsen (3 days)

                    Candice Bateup (2 days)

Release Teacher -                       Loren Huisman

                    Kara Burns (Well Being Release)

Office staff:

  • Brenda Hitchcock

  • Louise Salzwedel


  • Russell Watson


  • Betty Samuels

  • Mihara Rangi

Support staff:

  • Sonia Katu

  • Alison O’Neill

  • Amber Casey

  • Angel Tawhiti  

  • Sara Hartley

  • Sarah McCarthy

  • Madelene Hansen

  • Kim Falwasser

  • Girlie Iwihora